Health & Wellness Features
FDA approves first pill to treat all forms of hepatitis C
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials on Tuesday approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus....
Oakland votes to ban coal shipments, citing health risks
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. Backers argued the project would bring needed jobs to an impoverished part of town....
US medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- At first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication....
Supreme Court ruling imperils abortion laws in many states
NEW YORK (AP) -- striking down tough abortion restrictions in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court has emboldened abortion-rights activists nationwide and imperiled a range of anti-abortion laws in numerous states....
Senate Democrats block GOP's Zika funding bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A dysfunctional Senate split along party lines on Tuesday and left a $1.1 billion proposal to fight the Zika virus in limbo, despite growing fears and a more than 800 cases of Zika infection in the continental U.S....
Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives....
Texas illegally curbs abortion clinics, Supreme Court rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century Monday, striking down Texas' widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation's second-most-populous state....
NY Gov. Cuomo signs bill expanding breast cancer screening
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is expanding access to breast cancer screening by requiring hospitals to extend hours for mammograms and eliminating insurance costs for the procedure....
Trial begins in lawsuit over spinal bone cement
SEATTLE (AP) -- The physician who used a non-FDA-approved bone cement during a woman's spinal surgery and the company that ran an illegal test market to promote the dangerous product should be held accountable for her death, a lawyer for the woman's daughter told a jury Monday....
New law supports first responders who treat injured pets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Until a new law was passed this spring, it was against the law in Ohio - along with many other states - for firefighters or paramedics to provide basic first aid to dogs and cats rescued from house fires, car accidents or other crisis situations. Only licensed veterinarians could do that....
Last Thursday Great Britain voted to leave the European Union which it has been a member since 1993. Initial global response has been negative as financial markets have declined an average 5-8% and the British Pound hit a thirty year low as of Monday. Supporters claim that the exit from the EU will allow the U.K. to reclaim parts of national authority ceded to unelected Brussels officials where the EU is headquartered, while still leveraging a great deal of influence with Europe both financially and militarily.
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